Inspectors Tell Pitt County Jail To Get Rid Of Inmates

A fire inspector this week told the Pitt County Detention Center to reduce its inmate population by 104 inmates, but now that's on hold as there appears to be some dispute over just what is the occupancy level of the jai.

Sheriff Mac Manning said the order would immediately force moving inmates out to other counties and restrict admissions to 404 inmates.

But Thursday afternoon Fire Rescue Chief Mike Burton says there are questions just what the legal occupancy is for the jail. In a news release, Burton says until that is determined, no additional action will be taken by the city.

Burton said they received a telephone complaint last Friday that the jail was operating with too many prisoners. He said since the initial inspection, there has been a series of discussions between city and county officials as they seek the "appropriate resolution".

On Monday the inmate count was 508. The fire department told the jail to make the changes within five days, but now that is on hold.

Click the link above to view the fire department report

The jail was built in 1993 and was added on in 1997. Manning says the inspector's order wa ill-timed, considering that the county is set to open up a 192 bed addition within the next three months and has also received state permission to operate the jail with a capacity of 596 inmates.


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  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Oct 30, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    The law says prisoners are to be allowed TV, but doesn't specify what TV. Sheriff Joe has TV in Arizona. The prisoners get 2 channels, the Inspiration channel and the Disney channel.
  • by Strange on Oct 30, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    We should keep them locked up by whatever means necessary, put up tents or whatever but don't let them loose, that sends the wrong message for those who have done wrong. Sheriff Manning certainly has the right idea, the Pitt County inmates are treated much better than the honorable soldiers that are fighting for our freedom. Sheriff Manning is simply fighting for our freedoms by not allowing criminals out that may rob us, break into our homes or bring harm to us or our families. Thank you Sheriff Manning!
  • by J.C. Location: Greenville on Oct 30, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    ok, they may not have access to tv or computers, but the mere fact they are sitting on their sorry butts doing nothing while the taxpayers pay for them to be housed and fed makes me sick. it's mind boggling that we have that many inmates in our jail. why can't people obey the law like the rest of us??? if jail and prison were harder on the inmates maybe they'd be less prong to get into trouble. they are lazy and want a free ride out of life. I have more self respect than that! PUT THEM IN TENTS!
  • by Ex-Jailor on Oct 30, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    I used to work there and I can tell you that the Arizona thing is a great idea but the problem is that you have to have a Sheriff with the guts to implement something like that and Mac doesn't have the coconuts for it, especially not with an election coming up. Hopefully the NEW Sheriff (Elks that is) will do something like that. As far as the 192 new beds goes I would be willing to bet you anything that over 90% of those beds will go to Federal inmates because the jail actually makes money on them. The addition to the jail was by design to increase the income for Federal inmates, that's why our jail will be larger than the jail's in larger counties.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    I'm all for the tent city suggestion. It works in Arizona. Mike I like your suggestions, and I would also add no hot water too. Let them take cold showers.
  • by Sam on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    As much as I beleive in safety and the well being of others, I don't care about these jailbirds that have caused trouble before, no matter what the crime is. This is also why the death penalty should be enforced more on the murderers and I say anyone thats proven to have robbed someone at gunpoint for hard earned money that the victim earns should also be given the death penalty. That should keep the inspector from telling them to get rid of inmates. Better yet, how about send these jailbirds to Iraq or Afghanistan and make them fight in the war for free and if they refuse to then send them to the death chamber. They are good for nothing.
  • by Concerned Location: NC on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    Release some of these nonviolent offenders like child support and 5.00 drug dealers, bad check for 20.00, driving after license revoked, petty theft of a piece of chesse out of jail. Keep the Violent criminals in jail. Thee's always alternative for petty crimes. But I forgot, prisons are a money-making machine.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Oct 30, 2009 at 03:12 AM
    Extend the fence and add deputies to guard it. Put up Army tents and cots. Issue pink underwear. Feed sandwiches to save money. Any questions? Call Sheriff Arpaio in Arizona. GO SHERIFF JOE! Problem solved.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2009 at 10:05 PM
    Send the federal inmates back to the fed's. You will have the 100 beds and save 30 mill. Look up all of the other county jails in NC. Then ask why pitt already has more beds then other larger counties.Thats without the new 192 beds.
  • by GhostRecon on Oct 29, 2009 at 09:37 PM
    How about showing Ole Mac some support??? Criminals have all the rights... Kind of likey local crime reporters.....
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